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Figure Skater Bridget Namiotka Claims Ex-Pairs Partner Abused Her Prior to His Death by Suicide

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — One of the former skating partners of two-time U.S. pairs champion John Coughlin has accused him in a series of Facebook posts of sexually assaulting her over a two-year period. Coughlin, who killed himself in January, “hurt at least 10 people including me,” wrote Bridget Namiotka, who skated with Coughlin from 2004, when she was 14, through the 2007 season. Namiotka’s attorney confirmed to The Associated Press the comments were made by her. “My office alone represents three women across a generation who really didn’t know each other until they found they had very similar stories, and all of them wanted to keep their privacy because nobody wants to disclose this,” said John Manly, who has represented victims of sexual abuse for more than 25 years.

 

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